Ex Eastenders dominate Strictly Come Dancing cast

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing includes former EastEnders Jessie Wallace and Phil Daniels and GMTV host Andrew Castle among the celebrity dancers.

At a press launch in London, the BBC confirmed that Phil, 49, will dance with Flavia Cacace, who caused a storm by beginning a relationship on the last series with her dancing partner, ex EastEnder Matt Di Angelo.

Flavia’s former boyfriend Vincent Simone will dance with another onetime EastEnders star, Gillian Taylforth, 53.

Professional dancer and occasional cad Brendan Cole has been paired with model and TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, 36.

Among the new professional dancers is New Zealander Hayley Holt, who’s the girlfriend of All Blacks rugby captain Richie McCaw. She has been partnered with Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, 38.

The full celebrity line-up on Strictly Come Dancing 2008 includes:

One Show presenter Christine Bleakley, 27

Model Jodie Kidd, 29

Actress Cherie Lunghi, 56

Singer Heather Small, 43

Model Lisa Snowdon, 36

Singer Rachel Stevens, 30

Actress Gillian Taylforth, 53

Actress Jessie Wallace, 37

TV presenter Andrew Castle, 44

Holby City star Tom Chambers, 31

Actor Phil Daniels, 49

Swimmer Mark Foster, 38

Former rugby star Austin Healey, 34

Chef Gary Rhodes, 48

Political journalist Jon Sergeant, 64

Actor Don Warrington, 55

Strictly Come Dancing will begin screening on BBC1 in late September.